AMAZING YOUTUBER?!?

Okay okay, so it’s me. But I’m just trying to find my way, so I would really appreciate it if you checked out my channel. I have an awesome tutorial on how to clean your keyboard! Also, if you love LOTRO as much as I do, then my channel will suit you nicely!

youtube.com/emsiardy

Don’t live in the worry of tomorrow. Waltz in the glory of today.

For tonight, I am done thinking about homework. For the past week, I’ve done nothing but stress over it. But for tonight, peaceful bliss may endure. Don’t live in worry of tomorrow. Waltz in the glory of today.

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”
C. S. Lewis

Apple Has Lost Their Company

So people have been saying that, before the release of the iphone 6 was even here, they were planning to jailbreak.

I’m not saying that they planned on jailbreaking their personal phone… many users will do that.

I’m saying that the developers of this jailbreaking software have been hard at work trying their best to account for things such as screen dimensions, software and hardware compatibility, etc.

They want users to be able to jailbreak their phones as soon as they get home.

Apple, realize this simple truth:
No matter how hard you try, humans are divergent. You cannot control humanity. Whether you like it or not, this is not your product. You created it, yes. But it does not belong to you. It belongs to the community. For without the community, what are you? Nothing. You’re just a man in a tinker shop with nobody to share your goods with.

Apple seems to think that they can act as some sort of government. They think they can keep people from taking ownership of their phone, and control what they do with said phone.

Apple is living a lie.

I probably won’t jailbreak, as I’m pretty happy with the software already. But I definitely support jailbreaking wholeheartedly. If you don’t know what jailbreaking is, just google, “what is jailbreaking.” 🙂

Audible has stabbed us in the back

Audible has dug themselves a hole that I’m not sure anything but a completely new update will fix. It angers me that for five weeks now they have continued to ignore their customers.

This is not an exaggeration. They’ve been hiding, not saying anything about what everybody is so angry about.

If you look at the reviews on the iOS app Audible, they are all 1-2 stars. The recent update that changed the entire UI has ruined the app completely.
This app was useful. It let you listen to your books, had a nice and accessible button to add a bookmark, and another button to set a sleep timer. It also was not so stinking bright. The new UI is a bloated, pasty, and blinding layout that everybody hates. Audible didn’t realize that about 95% of their customers use the app while going to sleep. So for one, you wouldn’t want something so bright that even on the lowest brightness it wakes your brain up instantaneously. Second, everything useful has been moved to a menu of countless functions, making it impossible to do anything while you’re groggy and sleepy.
The white background with the bright orange text is terrible. What were they thinking? These colors completely clash and make no sense on a designer level. Also, they put the listening speed function on the front screen, as if everybody is just dying to hear what Gerard Doyle sounds like at 3x speed. Not that I haven’t laughed at that, but- never mind. The point is that a fifteen year old with no designer experience made this app.

Now, usually when an app receives bad ratings, you try to improve the app based on the user feedback, and them shoot an update. That appeared to have happened about two weeks ago. Audible sent out an update, and I assumed that it would be a darker app with better functionality. Well, audible did not fail to disappoint with a duplication of the previous update in an attempt to erase the previous ratings. App devs do this all the time, but I never expected it from audible.

I wrote a review on the ratings and then pasted my review into a notes app, just in case they pulled something
like this again.

They have still yet to improve this app, and something needs to be done. Be sure to leave them a horrible review on iTunes or the appstore.

Thanks!

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Ariana Grande ‘got style?

Alright, being a Christian I feel that I need to disclose that I don’t approve at all of how she carries herself or how she dances and dresses.

That being out of the way, let’s talk some positives about one of the leading artists that have grown out of the TV studios like Disney and Nickelodeon, Ariana Grande.

I encourage you to hit play and then continue reading. 🙂

Her style is completely classic and has a very vinyl feel. When listening to one of her songs, it’s like stepping back in time. For instance, the song Tattooed Heart has a very 1950s feel. One of the lyrics actually sets the mood by stating it could be “1954.” You can just imagine Ariana Grande up on a stage in a dark bar or diner. The men in uniforms forget their worries of war and dismay, and are sang a lullaby that will let them have peace for the time-being.

This style is one of my favorites, which is why I enjoy some older hits from the 50-60s era. The signature “snapping” in the background with a brush on a snare. A nice clash every now and again, with a good amount of base throughout the whole thing. Sometimes there might be a heart-warming trumpet to sooth the soul.

Ariana Grande has that aura about her. I hate to admit it, though I’m not sure why that is, but I really enjoy her music. She’s a great artist, and has a unique style that a lot of modern artists stay away from because it feels too “old fashioned.” The album Yours Truly definitely has some good going for it.

Now back to a bit of bad about some of Ariana’s performances. A lot of her dancing reminds me of a mash between Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, and maybe Nicki Minaj. Don’t google that if you value your sanity. Just kidding, but seriously, her dancing’s pretty out there. I pretty much stick to lyric videos or Accoustic versions when listening to her music. Videos like Problem make it difficult to keep respect for Ariana Grande. Maybe 15 seconds in I clicked away. The closeup on the guy’s lips whispering got to me and I vowed never to go to that video again or even listen to that song, for that matter. I’ve heard it one time, and I now have no desire to listen to that song. It’s pretty weird, in my opinion. The director of that video was pretty clueless. The writer of the song was even more clueless, even if it was Ariana herself.

Well, Ariana, like all artists, as her goods and bads. I think that, from the little that I have seen of her, it’s pretty balanced, like a lot of artists out there. Some of her content isn’t that great, but other parts of her content actually isn’t that bad. I do encourage you to *listen* to *some* of her music, but definitely not all of it. Like a lot of secular artists, she doesn’t have perfect morals. Of course, nobody does, but when it comes to secular music it’s a bit different.

Enjoy listening to *some* of Ariana Grande’s music!

New Horizons (again)

Work life at chick-fil-a? Not sure yet, but I’ll know pretty soon. I have finished the papers for training to begin, which consists of about 2-3 days. I am so excited! This one of my first jobs that I can be proud of at the end of the day. I hope to use this job to pay some bills, pay off my car, and even fund some hobbies. $8 an hour doesn’t seem like much, but it’s more than what I was making… Which, by the way, was diddly squat (nothing).

Now might I just say, DANG. Chick-fil-a, that was A LOT of paper work! Nearly 20 pages of things you need to sign and answer. Very lengthy! You guys should just group a lot of it into sections, and then have people sign for that large group. Or even better, sign the back of a document and be done with it!!!!

Ah well, I suppose that would be too easy to qualify as life.
Perhaps I’ll enjoy this job enough to stay and earn my way to the top, with higher wages, but I think that in the long run I’m aiming to have this as a temporary job.
After all, Starbucks is hiring with better pay, better benefits, and better food (just kidding)! So maybe I’ll switch, but for now I’m happy with this job.

Now this particular chick-fil-a (CFA) requires that you not have a whole lot of days “unavailable,” because of schedules. My only problem is that I’m attending college this fall, as of tomorrow, and MUST be able to get to class. College trumps job. So hopefully they won’t have a problem with that. 🙂

I’ve got a lot to look forward to this fall, and a lot to worry about.
So maybe spontaneous me will survive the semester, but we’ll see. 😉

Give me leave. Here lies the water. Good. Here stands the man. Good. If the man go to this water and drown himself, it is, will he nill he, he goes.

-William Shakespeare

SCHOOL. I think..

So school is starting. Isn’t that great? Everybody goes and gets their education. I suppose that I shall attend college again this fall… I start class this upcoming Monday. My degree is questionable because I’m not sure that it’s what I want to do… A class in CIS (computer information systems) is fun and all, but I don’t want to spend my life “crunching numbers”. The only reason that I would take the class is so that I would be qualified to tutor other students. But since I’ve already completed a previous class in the same area, there’s really no need to when I can just tutor on the 101 instead of 102. At my college it’s labelled differently, but it’s basically the same thing.

So, basically, I don’t know what I want to do yet. A lot of people say all the time, “it’s okay to not know what you want yet! You can just choose later!” Well I think that this line of thinking is a great way to set yourself up for failure. It’s exactly like procrastination, except on an academic level. Don’t worry about it, you’ll think of it at some point. Perfect. So when I get my degree in CIS then I’ll just be as happy as a lark, right? I’m not even sure when my degree became CIS. It used to be CIT (computer information technician). Those two are very different. The latter is more along the lines of using code like C++ or C# languages. These are not in CIS. CIS is actually using things produced by Microsoft, such as Access or Excel or Word. These programs are not for coding, they are for documentation and records. I do NOT want to be an accountant! I made that clear early on in my academic career.

So what do they start educating me as? An accountant. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the CIS class. I knew what I was doing, and I excelled at the work. But it wasn’t in line with what my goals were. I hope to be a computer technician of SOME SORT. It could be application development, game development, or even operating system development. Whatever it is I will be doing code languages like C#, C++, or even JAVA. I don’t really care. I enjoy learning new code languages, so that’s not a problem. I love sitting there and figuring out the logic, so that’s not an issue either. The only problem I can foresee might be finding a job in the line of work, but after some quick research you’ll find that it is a well-sought-after job by many companies. Mostly application (IOS and Android) development. But there are definitely many things to choose from.

So yeah. My major is NOT CIS. I’m hoping to change it to CIT.

Well, I guess I’ve talked your eyes out long enough. Hope you found this mildly entertaining at the very least! I’m not always this boring, promise! Just read my “Black is the new Orange… I mean… Um…. Oh
” and you’ll know what I’m talking about!

Oh, and here’s a random blot for you to stare at.

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Moving On

So… I guess I should tell you guys a bit about myself. Right? I guess that’s what people do these days: reveal our darkest and deepest secrets. Maybe I’ll avoid those topics today, but I’ve definitely got some deep stuff.

Now, when I say deep, of course I’m referencing the different kind of deep than what we’re used to. A very inspiring preacher once said,

You know, people listen to my sermons, and then they come up to me afterward. They tell me, ‘Brian, that was real deep.’ Of course, what they really mean is confusing.

Sometimes life is a whirlwind. And we’re just tumbleweeds thrown around in the sky. Sometimes life catches up to us and we realize we don’t have as much time to “live” as we thought. I turned 18 last fall (October 31st to be exact), and I realized right then that things would be changing. For one, my summers were to start looking much different.

Every year, around July, I would go around the states with my youth group to different FUGE camps. If you’ve ever been to a FUGE camp, then you know that it’s one of the best life experiences you can get under your belt.
This year is when I start to feel nostalgia, and the regret of not doing some of the things that I’d wanted to, or the things I hadn’t wanted to.
But most of all, I miss being around some of the best friends I could ask for every year, hours at a time.

Just a small list of some things that have happened to me since turning 18:

* the most significant is that my very best friend moved to another city, hours away. It definitely sucks, but such is life.

*another notable thing: I bought a car.

*yet another, camp life came to a clattering halt.

All of these things suck. Turning 18 hasn’t been the greatest adventure so far. Why was buying a car not so great, you say? The clutch crippled about a month after purchasing the car.

So yeah, this year has been crap so far.

You’re waiting for a “but,” aren’t you? Oh alright, since you asked nicely. 🙂

The big But of the day is that even though all of this crap has happened, perhaps it’s not all pointless.
That first crappy thing, the one about my very best friend moving away and therefore cutting a lot of communication between us, is actually something that God is shoving in our faces. My friend (temporarily let’s name him Greg) has found that he is closer to his love of nature where he’s at. That’s just one reason, if not a selfish one, but a reason nonetheless. He has also found that he can help out in an old church immensely, and they sure need it.
3rd and probably most of all, his father, the reason they moved, has been church planting like crazy as head of Indiana’s something or other organization something blah blah. Great job title, eh? Anyway, these are a few examples as to why it was good for Greg and his family to move where they did. I may not like it, but God knows what he’s doing.

Now the car thing is a bit tricky. How in the world can a broken down car be any good? At all? I look at it like a puzzle to be solved. Or maybe a small math problem. There’s always an answer, no matter what. So if you work at it hard enough and use your resources, you’ll figure it out. Now that’s not how it’s beneficial. I say that any chance to learn a new craft or skill is beneficial, and since I’ll be doing a lot of home-work on this car… Well you get the point.

Why is it a good thing that camp is over? I’ve got a life to live. I just got an interview for my first *real* job (in my opinion) and I’m hoping it goes well. If I’ve gotta take a week or more to go to a summer camp, go to college, and take on a part time job…. Yeah. Not happening.

So yeah. Life stinks, life sucks, and life wreaks. Yup.. Double stinkage. But it’s usually worth it. I know this was a short one, but it was just on my mind.

Thanks for reading!

Harshness to the umph degree

Okay, so it’s just a game. I get that, and I’ve accepted that it really doesn’t matter. But there are children on this server, getting banned for no reason at random times, that don’t deserve what they get. Children, mind you, need rules, regulations. But there is such a thing as too harsh of a punishment. Banishment means that you cannot return, you’re shunned. You are not allowed to come back. I play a game called Minecraft, on a server called Mine Builders. This server has a moderator that does not care about the many children that he has wronged by banning them without reason. I really don’t care about myself, I can get over it. But three-ten year old children deserve a second chance when they’ve done something wrong, right? Not according to this moderator on this server. Yes, it’s just a game… but it matters to children, and it’s not fair to take something away from them that they really don’t deserve getting taken away.

I sound a lot more serious about this than I am, but I care because little boys and girls are losing the ability to do what they love and have fun with all because of an inconsiderate moderator.

If you want to read what I have to say on the matter and the context of what I’m talking about, then read about it on their website.

http://minebuilders.info/index.php?/topic/11982-the-fate-of-the-server/

Again, I could care less about myself. I’m done with the server in result of this power-hungry 15 year old kid that bans everyone at any hint of maliciousness.

I’m more concerned about children that think that their big lego pillar makes them the next Monet. If you have any experience with kids, they love their legos and any hint of their creation being taken apart or destroyed is terrible to them. In their opinion, it’s the best thing ever made. And that’s how it should be. In my opinion, they are the next Monet. Every one of them. No matter what. Every child that is ever born is the next best artist. And that’s because children are precious, and what they think is precious. Any one of them is capable of creating anything they want. And so taking that tool away from them is a crime. If they’ve done something bad, they get a timeout. When a child leaves a mess on the floor, you don’t say no legos again ever, you give a much lighter punishment. No legos for a week? That’s a bit better, right? What would you have done if your parents took things away forever, instead of just until the end of the day? You hit your brother because he’s bothering you… the parent doesn’t punish you with taking things away forever. At least, not in my experience they don’t. No, they generally do temporary punishments. After all, the punishment is to teach a lesson, not to be cruel.

Research stuff

Was researching some stuff on the existence of Dragons and found this conversation.

Go here to read it from the source, but fair warning, it is in some sort of slide show format.

Comment 1

I think that the only “proof” that we have that they don’t exist is that we don’t have any evidence of them… no fossils, no living examples. That’s the best reason that I can give. Other things seem implausible. Some dragons are said to breathe fire. If that were literally true, wouldn’t they burn themselves, especially the inside of their mouths? But I have read interesting Science Fiction explanations of how a creature like that could exist, so… who knows? I have also met people who believe that they do exist, and I’m sure that there are other people out there. I don’t believe that they exist, at least the way they are portrayed in many stories… gigantic, intelligent beasts who breathe fire, or other things like ice, acid, etc., who terrorize the countryside, but who are also literate and wise. I’m also not sure where so much literature came from… is it all based on some original fabrication that caught the imagination of multitudes of people from many different countries, or was there something that actually existed that people base the dragon myth on? Are there giant sea serpents? We have no evidence, but is lack of evidence always proof that something does not exist? On the other hand, the Komodo dragon exists as an actual creature… so what is your definition of dragon? If it is just big lizard, they do exist.
Comment 2

There have been thousands of species of animals we didn’t know about for so long and who can’t say that dragons haven’t been discovered yet? Some people may have discovered them, like Dr. Ernest Drake (a dragonologist), they may have found them and told someone but they didn’t believe them because the fact that there are huge flying lizards around is hard to believe.